In honor of World AIDS Day, the following programs consider the political past, present, and future of art, AIDS, social justice, and queer life, anchoring a three-day series of related events at PICA and PNCA, including a program of newly commissioned films by Visual AIDS (December 1) and a second reading and discussion event with Sarah Schulman on her new book, Conflict is Not Abuse (December 3).

2:00 PM Reading and Talk: Distinguished writer Sarah Schulman (NYC) discusses her thought-provoking book, Gentrification of the Mind (2012), including a facilitated, post-reading discussion and Q&A with d.a. carter, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in gender, sexuality, and Black cultural studies at Portland State University.

3:00 PM Panel: Lisa Bates (Professor of Urban Studies & Planning, Portland State University); Sharita Towne (artist and educator) and manuel arturo abreu (artist and writer) will discuss Schulman’s Gentrification of the Mind and its relevance to the intersection of social justice, housing policy, and queer, POC, and artist communities in present-day Portland.

4:30 PM Screening: A screening of the documentary UNITED IN ANGER: A History of Act Up, followed by a Q&A with the film’s co-producer, Sarah Schulman, moderated by Stephanie Snyder, the Anne and John Hauberg Director & Curator, Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College, and curator of the Cooley’s upcoming retrospective on Gregg Bordowitz.

This program is curated by PICA’s Roya Amirsoleymani (Director & Curator of Public Engagement) and Kristan Kennedy (Curator of Visual Art), in collaboration with Shawna Lipton, Chair of PNCA’s MA in Critical Studies, and presented in connection with PICA’s fall exhibitions DELTA and DOOMTOWN (curated by Kristan Kennedy) which shine new light on underground art and culture of ‘80s and ‘90s Downtown New York and its Portland parallels.

Co-presented with the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College and in partnership with the Pacific Northwest College of Art’s MA in Critical Studies and MFA in Visual Studies Programs.

Supported in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities. .

All proceeds benefit Esther’s Pantry.